Development Grants

Friday 8th July 2016


The following statement was released by the Football Foundation today!

Reproduced below in full

Felixstowe and Walton United Community Social Club awarded £269,594 for new changing pavilion

Grassroots sport in Felixstowe is set to benefit from a major cash injection following the news that Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club have been awarded a grant of £269,594 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) also contributed £88,000 towards the works.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.3 billion.

The grant will enable the club to replace their 70-year-old cricket pavilion to cater for 21 junior teams and 3 adult teams. Further to benefitting players and fans, local groups and organisations will also be able to hire the facility out for events and meetings. The new facility will comprise: four changing rooms; two officials’ rooms; spectator toilets; kitchen facilities and a large clubroom.

The club is working in partnership with the Football Foundation and Suffolk FA to establish a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) that is expected increase on-site football participation by 109%. 

Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 36 grants worth £8m across Suffolk towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £22m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Chris Daynes, Facilities Manager at Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club Ltd and Development Officer at Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club, said: “This substantial grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will help transform the facilities and make a huge difference to the current users of the ground and enable the Football Club to grow and continue its development plan for existing and future generations of footballers in Felixstowe.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club for working with the Suffolk FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant.

For more information, please contact:

  • Chris Daynes on 07415 886 803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Michael Boniface on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Friday 17th June 2016

It was just the kind of news you like for the weekend, if you are the guy working on the Seasiders development fund!

On Friday 17th June the club received a letter (extracts below) from Felixstowe Town Council.


Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club

Grant Application to Felixstowe Town Council

Your recent application to Felixstowe Town Council for grant funding was considered by the Council’s Civic & Community Committee at its meeting of Wednesday 15 June 2016.

There was a high demand for funding at this round and Committee decided to make an award grant to your organisation of £1,000 towards the construction of the new build clubhouse and changing rooms.

On behalf of Felixstowe Town Council I would like to thank you for your application. Members would be very pleased to learn how the funds were able to support your activities

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Frost

Finance Administration Officer

Felixstowe Town Council


It’s one more step towards the final total and the club are extremely grateful to the council for the grant, times are tough for all councils at present with great demands on any cash they may have available.  

Chris Daynes said

"We are extremely grateful for this generous grant from the Town Council, which comes on top of several councillors also giving individual contributions from their Enabling Communities Budgets.

It takes us another step closer to completing the funding plan for our new facilities and helps keep the project on schedule for groundworks to begin later this Summer!"


Wednesday 15th June 2016

The club today received the letter (Press Release), shown below in its entirety, that confirms the first of three major grants .

An ambitious project to provide Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club’s players and visiting teams with a place to change and relax has received a funding boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

We have awarded the team a grant of £50,000. It will be used to help fund the creation of new changing rooms and a clubhouse at the club’s Goldstar Ground on Dellwood Avenue.

The new building, which will replace a 70 year old cricket pavilion that the club currently uses, will have four changing rooms, two rooms for officials, a clubroom, a medical room and spectator facilities. As well as it being used by players and fans, local groups and organisations will also be able to hire parts of it for events and meetings.

The grant is one of 43 awarded by our Board to community and environmental projects in England, with a grant total being over £980,000. We award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since 2005 we have awarded over £198,000 to 10 projects in Suffolk.

We will now start working with the club to finalise the project’s details, including its start date, so that work can begin as soon as possible.

The club’s Development and Facilities Officer, Chris Daynes, says, “This grant is great news for the club, the players and our fans. The new building will be an excellent addition to the ground and Felixstowe.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “This project will transform the club’s facilities for the benefit of the players, supporters and the wider community. We are seeing an ongoing reduction in the amount of funds that we can award, so the club needs to be congratulated on securing this grant in an extremely competitive environment.”

Press information issued by Oliver Blackburn

tel: 01902 794 669

Project No: 5193

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.   

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3bn billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund for 19 years. Since we were established in 1997, Veolia has supported us by contributions of over £67 million, enabling us to award 2070 grants to projects.

We have helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit our website


This generous grant is the culmination of 6 months hard work, particularly by Colin Butcher and Caroline Smith from Castele Consulting. The Veolia bid was a competition, in which all applicants go through a rigorous process before the panel selects the projects that will provide the most value for their grant budget and make the biggest difference to communities. It's testament to how strong our application is that we were among the 25% of bids that were successful in receiving this funding.
This grant has also helped us unlock other substantial partner funding that we hope to announce in the coming days and weeks.
I hope that this news shows everyone that the project we've talked about for so long is about to become reality and encourages people to help us raise the remainder of the clubs own proportion of the funding

Chris Daynes

15th June 2016








Felixstowe & Walton United FC

New Clubhouse Build

15th August 2016 

The Goldstar Ground, Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe. IP11 9HT

The Football Club officially announced this morning that the construction of new clubhouse and changing rooms for both juniors and seniors at the Goldstar Ground, accommodating girls and boys facilities was officially commenced on Monday 15th August.

There was a short ceremony on the site where the actual clubhouse will stand as Club President Dave Ashford lifted the first turf, surrounded by various guests and club members including councillors, members of the Suffolk Football Association and the Under Secretary of State at DEFRA, Therese Coffey MP, who has been instrumental in her role as Suffolk Coastal MP in supporting the club in its fundraising activities both financially and by helping to advertise the clubs plans via her various outlets.

After the ceremonial ‘dig’ the guests, which also included representatives of the junior section, were served refreshments in the ‘old’ Cricket Pavilion which has served as the club’s headquarters for the past 40 years.

Construction is estimated to take 26 weeks, however the time scale is very much dependent on the weather as the winter months approach, and the football club will have no serious issues if there is an over-run of 4-6 weeks with the end of April coinciding with the official end of the league season and the club’s main expectation of a finish date.

The project, costing almost £500,000 will include four changing rooms, two officials changing rooms, toilets and social area and will be available for the whole community to use, as well as the clubs 23 senior & junior teams.

It has taken two years of hard work by the small dedicated development team from within the club who have given their time freely and put together bids, arranged architects, negotiated leases and generally overseen all the preparatory work required.

Main funding grants have come from three sources - The Football Foundation which is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grassroots sport and they supported the clubs bid with a grant of £269,594.

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) provides grants to football clubs to improve their stadium facilities for players, officials and spectators and in the case of Felixstowe & Walton United awarded a grant of £88,100.

The third party to award a grant was The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded the club £50,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

There have been many smaller grants that make up the total from bodies supporting the project including Suffolk Coastal District Council, Felixstowe Town Council and individual grants from councillors out of their facilities fund.

Chris Daynes, the club’s facilities manager and development co-ordinator said “The start of building work is a major milestone in our development plans. Many, myself included, doubted we would ever see this day and it is a credit to all those who have contributed that construction is underway, and we are able to see the culmination of all those efforts rising from the ground, securing facilities we desperately need if we are to continue providing future generations of the town with top class football opportunities and to become an integral hub of the community.






FRIDAY 8th JULY 2016 7pm


All club members, managers, players, friends of The Seasiders, councillors!

If you have never attended a meeting at The Goldstar Ground before, if you have ever wondered what happens at meetings at The Goldstar Ground!


There will be a major announcement at this meeting that concerns the whole future of the club, both senior and junior sections, where the club is at present, what the objectives are, what needs to be done, what timescales there are and most important where the club are with funding the proposed new clubhouse!

This is potentially the BIGGEST announcement the club has ever made!

Please do not miss it!



We are reaching a crucial time with our Development Fund!

We have done brilliantly to reach £37,000 but we still have a way to go to reach our target. The club is committed to raising £70,000 towards the building costs and if we achieve this we will secure over £400,000 of 'matched funding' from various grant bodies.

We've come so far, and are within touching distance of securing the football clubs future. The building contractor has been chosen and work COULD start as early as the summer, but without the remaining money the whole project is at risk.

I've said from the outset 18 months ago when we started drawing up plans that we need the WHOLE of the club to come together to make this happen.

It's estimated that 800 people are directly involved with the football club, many more indirectly.

I pull no punches when I say that only a minority have contributed towards us getting to where we currently are. We have almost exhausted the resources of that minority!

So that leaves us having to reach out to the majority who have yet to 'buy into' the project or contribute.

Saturday was a prime example of the heartening and also disheartening nature of the fundraising.

On one hand we had individuals handing over cheques, 'buy a brick forms' and donating the proceeds of their half time raffle and bonus ball winnings.

On the other hand we asked every person who came to the snack bar during the morning (approx 60 people) if they would like to contribute to the new building by buying an Easter Draw ticket and this resulted in just ONE single £1 ticket being sold.

Now, we don't expect people to get their chequebooks out (but thanks to those who have!),we are fully aware that fundraising is difficult due to the demands on people who are already contributing to the 'running costs' of the football club through their signing on fee, travel & kit costs, money spent in the bar/snack bar etc.

But, if the majority bought the odd raffle ticket, put their loose change in the donation bucket, supported fundraisers like next weeks curry night or bought a brick we will soon reach our target and we will soon be in a brand new building and continuing to provide football facilities for decades to come.

If only the minority continue to contribute we will not reach that target and the project will fail!

If that happens there is no 'Plan B'. All our efforts for the last 18 months have been to make sure 'Plan A' succeeds.

So I urge everybody reading this to play their part, no matter how small.

Please contribute anyway you can, whether it's a £1 Easter draw ticket or  a £40 engraved brick.

Once you have, please spread the word to friends, family or workmates.

This club isn't perfect, we all have things we don't agree with or can be blinkered towards our own team or section. We all have disagreements and opinions on what we would do differently or change about the club, that's understandable in a club made up of so many teams of varying ages and with varying goals from little Johnny just starting out training to semi-pro players playing in the football league pyramid system. BUT..... If there's one thing that EVERYONE should agree on its that our facilities desperately need replacing with something that is fit for purpose and to help the club continue to grow.

TOGETHER we can do this, let's not miss the greatest opportunity we have ever had to create something special for ALL of us.



February 2016

This section of the website was created in February 2016 to hopefully show all the elements involved in the creation of the proposed new facility and give club members and indeed anyone outside the club who have an interest, an insight into just what the club is doing and where the income and expenditure is, some of these figures will be rounded up/down to the nearest ‘Tenner’ to try and keep it as simple as possible, but always showing, we hope, what is involved.

We welcome any feed back people may have and the webmaster will be happy to create a page for comments providing they are constructive.

This is a large project long overdue in the town of Felixstowe and it will hopefully be the beacon that lights the way for other sports and sporting facilities in the town and Peninsula area.


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Chris & Stu's 92in92 Blog

It was a pleasant and encouraging surprise on day one, cum night of the brothers 92in92 challenge when they arrived at stop No 18 at 3am, intending to take a quick pic and move on to Pompey.

Brighton & Hove Albion – The Seagulls – had already presented the club with a shirt to auction before Chris & Stuart set off and now in the middle of the night they were there to open the gates, turn on the lights and take a pic of the two of them on the Amex Stadium pitch. Now that’s what I call a class act!

It’s not easy for clubs, or the intrepid travellers, with the visiting times all estimated and the clubs not easily accessible ‘out of hours’ as it were but so far everyone has been very accommodating, with a little amusing irony along the way. They have discovered it’s a long way from Yeovil in Somerset to Plymouth Ho or rather Plymouth Argyle (a mere 90 miles) and it’s a bit of a worry when you see the Pilgrims coach heading in the opposite direction to the way you are travelling, with them going to the Matchroom Stadium home of Leyton Orient, where you were last night while you head for Home Park!

Hopefully the Pigeon carrying Chris’s first Blog will be coming in to land in the eave’s of the clubhouse roof shortly and I will post it post haste on arrival


4PM Tuesday 19th April

After months of planning we finally got our challenge under way at the very friendly Colchester United who also gave us a signed shirt for our forthcoming auction.

We soon hit traffic on the approach to Southend, finding the ground locked up, as was the case for the majority of the first night grounds.

We planned to get the London clubs all out of the way overnight to avoid traffic, but unfortunately we couldn't avoid the traffic lights, hundreds of them making Ipswich look like a breeze to navigate through.
Darkness fell as we reached Spurs, who have started foundations for their new stadium immediately beside the current ground.

After witnessing several suicidal cyclists, pedestrians that brazenly walk out in front of the 'tour vehicle' and several moments of road rage from Stuart (unrepeatable as this is a family blog show) we quickly ticked off all the capital clubs as we entered Tuesday and headed out to Gillingham, despite Jane SatNavs best attempts to send us elsewhere.

Next was Crawley, still in darkness but we could still make out the family of foxes playing on the car park!

I'd been told to phone Brighton's security team as approached the ground who would let us do whatever we needed to do and sure enough they came up trumps, even turning the floodlights on at 3am for a pitchside piccie!

Slightly ahead of schedule we decided to delay our first break and tick off Pompey, Saints and Bournemouth as dawn broke before finding a layby on the outskirts of Poole to sleep. I say sleep, that wasn't really possible as we dozed curled up in our seats for an hour, feeling even worse than before our break!

Off to Yeovil and a tour of the ground and a signed book before the long but picturesque and sunny journey to Plymouth. Argyle were just boarding their coach to head to Leyton Orient so we didn't delay them, instead heading to Exeter where the friendliest of welcomes awaited.

Right: AFC Bournemouth

It really is the smaller clubs that go the extra mile. It would be so easy for the big boys to allow us 2 mins to walk to the side of the pitch for our photos but no, "we are unable to help".
As I write this is Bristol Rovers car park we are about to head off into Wales before hopefully spending a few hours in Swindon overnight.

Almost 24 hours in, and still only a quarter of the the way through, we had underestimated how tough this would be. Right now I have no idea how we are going to keep going until Friday afternoon......... But a few more donations in the fund will keep our chins up!



Above Left Exeter City  Right Bristol Rovers